Hates Vegemite, Loves Tim Tams, First Visit To Australia Scored Two Goals For Socceroos
We're not sure if Martin Boyle plays the bagpipes. But he sure can play football.
The hero for the Socceroos against Lebanon last night was not the departing legend Tim Cahill, but a 25-year old Scotsman called Martin Boyle, who had never set foot in Australia before this month.
Boyle was born in Aberdeen and has lived in Scotland his whole life. He even played for his national under-16 team, and currently plays for Hibernian in the top tier of Scottish football.
But his dad was born in Sydney which made him eligible for the Socceroos. And after Aussie coach Graham met with him in September, he soon made his way into the national squad, debuting against South Korea last Saturday.
Boyle is only half Australian so far. He loves Tim Tams, but hates Vegemite. He didn't look so sure about the words of the national anthem before the game, either.
But on Tuesday night, he won every Australian fan's heart.
Boyle was terrific, always looking pacy and dangerous, and scoring two goals in the first half as Australia took a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Socceroos added a third in the second half -- as Boyle laid on a beautiful ball for Matthew Leckie -- which meant the "Scoteroo" had a hand in all three goals as Australia beat Lebanon 3-0.
What part he plays in Australia's future is uncertain. But with the Socceroos defending their Asian Cup crown in the UAE in January, Boyle looks certain to be a part of that tournament.
"I'm just happy playing my club football and performing there at the moment and doing well, and obviously making the international squad. If I keep my form there, long may that continue," he said earlier this week.
But it's what he said in his post-match interview which was most memorable.
Boyle made a squinty face when asked about Vegemite. But Tim Tams? He loves 'em. And the unofficial national chocolate treat might just power the next great Socceroos career on the night Tim Cahill said farewell to the green-and-gold.